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  • Shop Made Router Lift Plans

    I'm thinking about building a Router lift, rather than buy one new. The mechanism seems quite simple. There were plans in American Wood Worker magazine No. 106 (March 2004), but I don't have that issue. If anyone has it and would be willing to send me the article I'd really appreciate it!

    Anyway, there is also a guy on eBay selling plans:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Porter-Cable-753...QQcmdZViewItem
    But these are for Porter cable only, and I'm not sure I want to spend $10 on some plans that might not suit my needs...

    Does anyone else have any ideas or experiences in building a Router Lift? Thanks in advance for any insight!
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    I am sure you have this info but in case you don't.

    You can check to see if they have that issue:

    Some of our past issues are still available for $5.00 each.
    Call (715) 246-4344 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday, for availability and ordering, or write to:

    Back Issues
    American Woodworker
    Box 83695
    Stillwater, MN 55083-0695.

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    • #3
      I recall seeing a magazine article where a router lift was made using a pipe clamp fixture. The fixed end of the pipe was screwed into a flange fitting attached to the bottom side of the router table. The clamping end had a small platform attached to it, designed to hold the router upside-down. The concept was slick, but I suspect that keeping the bit perpendicular to the table would be difficult.


      Here's another idea:
      http://www.woodcentral.com/cgi-bin/r...cles_637.shtml

      Good luck!
      Bill

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      • #4
        Did you see the one that niki made and posted in another recent thread?

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        • #5
          Thanks for all the replies so far - good ideas! I just found the thread by niki and it is also an interesting idea. The woodcentral plan looks good too. I'm not certain which route I'll take but I might keep trying to find the American Woodworker plan as well because I am curious to see how they did it. If anyone else finds anything, please let me know - these are great ideas and they are helping me form a concept of how I'm going to do all this!
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          • #6
            I was thinking about building a router lift also. I saw the AW plans and they said it would be about $90 for parts to build the list. I ended up getting a Jessem FX for about $130. I couldn't see spending that much time to save such little money on a lift.

            I know I have a copy of the AW around somewhere. I'll try to dig it up for you.

            Bill
            "Why are there Braille codes on drive-up ATM machines?"

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            • #7
              Send me your email addy

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              • #8
                I've been looking for the thread that Niki started referenced above, not seeing it. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks.


                kim
                Measure it with a micrometer...
                Mark it with a crayon...
                Cut it with a chain saw!

                Wood Butcher

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                • #9
                  http://www.bt3central.com/showthread...highlight=Niki
                  Enjoy!

                  Ed
                  Do you know about kickback? Ray has a good writeup here... http://www.bt3central.com/articles/l...p?ArticleId=85

                  For a kickback demonstration video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/910584...demonstration/

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                  • #10
                    Thanks ED62!
                    "Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn". by C.S. Lewis

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                    • #11
                      You're welcome. I found that pretty interesting. But I can say the same thing for any of Niki's little tricks.

                      Ed
                      Do you know about kickback? Ray has a good writeup here... http://www.bt3central.com/articles/l...p?ArticleId=85

                      For a kickback demonstration video http://www.metacafe.com/watch/910584...demonstration/

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                      • #12
                        Ed62, thanks double from me. I agree, Niki has cornered the market on 'common-sense' approaches to a lot of common problems. Thanks again, and a big "thank you" to Niki!


                        Kim
                        Measure it with a micrometer...
                        Mark it with a crayon...
                        Cut it with a chain saw!

                        Wood Butcher

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                        • #13
                          Thanks again to everyone - I'll let you know how it goes once I get it all figured out!
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